1 oz. Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coin Series I & II

1999 - Present





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In 1999, three years after the successful release of the Gold Lunar Bullion Coin, the Perth Mint introduced the Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coins.

The lunar series of bullion coins have higher premiums added to their sale price due to the polished look of the coins and the coin's yearly limited mintage.

The proof-like surfaces on the bullion coins can cause some bullion investors to mistake the coins for collectors proof coins.

Since the gold and silver lunar bullion coins were released, they have become one of the most popular, modern bullion coins.








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1 oz. Silver Lunar
(1999 - 2010)

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1 oz. Silver Lunar
(2008 - Present)





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Chinese Calendar

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Design of the
1 oz. Australian Lunar Silver
Series I & II - Bullion Coin





Series I : Obverse

The obverse of the silver bullion coin displays the profile of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's, "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.


The words "ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" and "1 DOLLAR" are displayed inside the outer perimeter of the silver bullion coin.

The 1 oz. silver bullion coins are issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, this means the coin is guaranteed by the Government of Australia.

Series I - Obverse Coin photo provided courtesy of The Coin page










Series I : Reverse

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The reverse of the lunar silver bullion coin shows an image of the animal associated with each Chinese Lunar Calendar year.

Inside the design, on one side of the lunar animal is the 'Year of Issue' and on the other side is the Chinese Symbol that represents it.

This side also displays the weight "1 OZ" and purity of the coin "999 SILVER".

The Mint Mark of "P" representing The Perth Mint, is not inscribed on the Series I Silver Lunar bullion coins, but it is inscribed on the Series II coins.

Note: The Lunar Series I, Year of the Rabbit bullion coin, issued in 1999, displayed a special ‘P100’ mint mark. It represents The Perth Mint's "100th Anniversary." 1999 was the only year a Series I silver lunar coin had a Mint Mark.

Series I - Reverse Coin photo provided courtesy of The Coin page












Series II : Obverse

The Obverse side of the series II, 1 oz. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin have had some additional features added to them.

As with all Australian bullion coins, the obverse side features Queen Elizabeth the II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.

"ELIZABETH II" and "AUSTRALIA" are inscribed along the top half of the silver bullion coins.

Along the bottom of the Lunar silver bullion coin is the coin's weight "1OZ" and the coin's silver purity of "9999 Ag."

Note: 2018 is the first year the Silver Lunar Bullion Coins have the purity of '.9999' silver.

The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "1 DOLLAR" is also displayed along the bottom half of the silver coin.

Series II - Obverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint










Series II : Reverse

The reverse side of the series II, Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin has a universal design for each different sized coin, for a specific year.

The reverse of each 2018 Australian Silver Lunar bullion coin depicts a German Shepherd dog with a puppy lying in the grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background.

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Inscribed inside the design of the Silver Lunar Dog bullion coin is the Chinese symbol that represents the calendar animal.

Displayed in the lowest cluster of Chinese peony flowers, above the larger German Shepard's tail, are the letters 'IJ,' they are the initial's 'Ing Ing Jong,' the designer of the 2018 Lunar Silver bullion coin's reverse side.

Across the bottom of the 2018 lunar silver coin are the words "Year of the Dog"

The "P" on the reverse side is the Mint Mark for The Perth Mint.

Both the Series I & II silver bullion coins have Reeded Edges

Series II - Reverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint













The Chinese Calendar




In 2637 B.C., a Chinese Emperor named Huangdi invented the Chinese Calendar.

The Chinese calendar is based on a twelve-year cycle of astronomical observations of the sun and the phases of the moon.

Each year in that twelve-year cycle has an animal sign.

The Chinese believe each animal has a profound influence on those born under the year of its rule.




2018 - Year of the Dog


The birth years for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018.

Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.   (The Perth Mint)









1oz. Silver Lunar Series I & II
Coin Information:




Series I:.................1999 - 2010

Series II:................2008 - Present

IRA Approved:........Yes

Coin Grade:............Uncirculated

Face Value:............$1 AUD

Silver Content:.......1 troy oz. (ozt.)

Total Weight:.........31.135 grams

Purity:...................99.90% / .999 (1999 - 2017)

Purity:...................99.99% / .9999 (2018 - Present

Diameter:..............45.60 mm

Thickness:..............2.60 mm

Mint Mark:..............Series I - No / Series II - Yes ("P" = Perth Mint)

Designer:...............Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse)

Edge:.....................Reeded











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1 oz. Australian Lunar Silver Coin
Bullion Series I & II 
Mintage Figures:







Silver Lunar
Series I - 1999 to 2010




Year              Sales                   Mintage                            Lunar Animal




















1999.........63,644..................300,000...........................Rabbit




2000 series 1 - silver lunar dragon

















2000.........118,697.................300,000...........................Dragon




2001 series 1 - silver lunar snake

















2001.........71,301..................300,000...........................Snake




2002 series 1 - silver lunar horse

















2002.........99,632..................300,000...........................Horse




2003 series 1 - silver lunar goat

















2003.........102,164..................300,000...........................Goat




2004 series 1 - silver lunar monkey

















2004.........105,680..................300,000...........................Monkey




2005 series 1 - silver lunar rooster

















2005.........92,691..................300,000...........................Rooster




2006 series 1 - silver lunar dog

















2006.........98,825..................300,000...........................Dog




2007 series 1 - silver lunar pig

















2007.........87,009..................300,000...........................Pig




2008 series 1 - silver lunar mouse

















2008.........59,623..................mint to order...................Mouse




2009 series 1 - silver lunar ox

















2009.........52,267..................mint to order...................Ox




2010 series 1 - silver lunar tiger

















2010.........56,077..................mint to order...................Tiger





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Silver Lunar
Series II - 2008 to Present



Year              Sales                   Mintage                            Lunar Animal



2008 series 2 - silver lunar mouse

















2008.........300,000..................300,000...........................Mouse




2009 series 2 - silver lunar ox

















2009.........300,000..................300,000...........................Ox




2010 series 2 - silver lunar tiger

















2010.........300,000..................300,000...........................Tiger




2011 series 2 - silver lunar rabbit

















2011.........300,000..................300,000...........................Rabbit




2012 series 2 - silver lunar dragon

















2012.........300,000..................300,000...........................Dragon




2013 series 2 - silver lunar snake

















2013.........300,000..................300,000...........................Snake




2014 series 2 - silver lunar horse

















2014.........300,000..................300,000...........................Horse




2015 series 2 - silver lunar goat

















2015.........300,000..................300,000...........................Goat




2016 series 2 - silver lunar monkey

















2016.........300,000..................300,000...........................Monkey




2017 series 2 - silver lunar rooster

















2017.........300,000..................300,000...........................Rooster




2017 series 2 - silver lunar rooster

















2018.....................0..................300,000...........................Dog






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